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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump calls correspondents' dinner 'dead as we know it' | White House press on defensive | Cruz pushing back on McConnell's 2018 strategy | Trump floats North Korea meeting spot | Rodman wants credit for peace talks | Trump, Macron tree in quarantine | Prince William nods off during memorial service



Why negotiate via email or phone when you can have the entire world publicly weigh in?!: This morning, President TrumpDonald John Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week MORE suggested meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the "Truce Village" between the borders of North and South Korea. He tweeted: "Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!" When's this meeting happening?: Still unclear, but likely in the coming weeks.

KEEP IN MIND: The meeting spot President Trump suggested is where the North and South Korean Olympic delegations met before the Winter Olympics.


World leaders play 'keep away' with nuclear weapons:
Think: Peyton Manning -->
Via The Associated Press's Kim Tong-Hyung, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he would dismantle his nuclear test site in May *if* the United States pledges not to invade his country. Context: "While there are lingering questions about [North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons], Kim's comments amount to the North's most specific acknowledgement yet that 'denuclearization' would constitute surrendering its weapons." How national security adviser John Bolton reacted: Skeptical. Bolton: "Well, we've heard this before. This is -- the North Korean propaganda playbook is an infinitely rich resource."

I'M JUST WAITING FOR THE HEADLINE -- 'TRUMP HIRES DENNIS RODMAN AS NORTH KOREA ADVISER': In an interview with TMZ, former NBA player Dennis Rodman is taking credit for the peace talks with North Korea. Watch Rodman's reasoning:


It's Monday, April 30. OK, where did April go? I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and funny videos to and on Facebook.



Welp, that was awkward: The White House Correspondents' Association is facing blowback for comedian Michelle Wolf's controversial monologue over the weekend, where she took shots at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

If you missed the speech: Here's a short video of the dinner highlights:

The 57 most outlandish lines: Here's the list



The New York Times's Peter Baker: "Unfortunately, I don't think we advanced the cause of journalism tonight."

Politico's Kyle Cheney on why Wolf failed: "Michelle Wolf didn't fail just because she was (spectacularly) one-sided. It was because she was unnecessarily cruel on a night the WHCA was trying to showcase decency and purpose. Undermined an otherwise meaningful night."

How Trump reacted -- what you'd expect: President Trump slammed the dinner, calling the event "dead as we know it." He also added: "This was a total disaster and an embarrassment to our great Country and all that it stands for. FAKE NEWS is alive and well and beautifully represented on Saturday night!"

But not everyone thought the speech went poorly: GOP strategist Ana Navarro defended Wolf's routine. She said on CNN: "I'd say to Michelle Wolf, 'Hallelujah, girl.' You should be the one getting the Nobel Peace Prize. She was able to do what nobody else has been able to do: Get Trump supporters to actually go on TV and defend women from being skewered and offended for their looks." Keep in mind: Navarro is a frequent Trump critic. Watch the clip:

Trending op-ed: The Washington Post's Molly Roberts writes why she thinks "Michelle Wolf got it right." It has more than 70,000 shares:

Did the WHCA defend Wolf?: Not. At. All. White House Correspondents' Association President Margaret Talev criticized Wolf's routine, saying it was "not in the spirit" of the association's mission.

Op-ed on the dinner:



But they did such an excellent job at planting the tree!: 
Throwback photo -->
Via The Associated Press, the oak tree that President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron planted has disappeared from the White House lawn. There's a reason: "The French president's office says there's nothing mysterious about the disappearance of an oak tree he planted on the White House lawn. It was put in quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory."


Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMcCain calls on Trump to rescind family separation policy: It's 'an affront to the decency of the American people' Cruz announces bill to end separation of immigrant families The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Furor grows over child separation policy MORE thought Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate passes 6B defense bill This week: House GOP caught in immigration limbo Amendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP MORE was having all of the fun: Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has been more of a team player since losing the 2016 GOP presidential primary to Donald Trump, is reemerging as an agitator in the GOP conference." How so: "Cruz is questioning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 6B defense bill Poll: Kim Jong Un has higher approval among Republicans than Pelosi The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix MORE's (R-Ky.) strategy on the GOP's 2018 agenda, which is to steer clear of partisan bills that don't have Democratic support." Keep in mind: Cruz is up for reelection this year and facing an interesting challenge from Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeCruz announces bill to end separation of immigrant families Sunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Poll: Cruz leads O'Rourke by 7 points MORE (D).






Congress is out.

Today–Wednesday: The Milken Institute's 21st annual Global Conference in Los Angeles. Full agenda:

Noon: President Trump meets with President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the White House. The two have a working lunch.

Happening now: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSpotlight falls on Russian threat to undersea cables The Hill's Morning Report — 'Sobering' IG report damages FBI Trump poised to slap tariffs on billion in Chinese imports MORE speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference. Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase McCarthy: 'The Mueller investigation has got to stop' MORE (R-Calif.) is speaking at another conference event. 

7:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump nominates budget official Kraninger for consumer chief | Senate votes to block Trump ZTE deal | Stocks fall on trade tensions | House panel moves to markup budget Homebuilder confidence down on higher lumber prices The auto industry is vital to our national security interests MORE speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference. 

8:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday: House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy Mark Sanford’s troubles did not begin with Trump NY Post blasts Trump, GOP over separating families at border MORE (R-Wis.) speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference. 

10 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference. 

Wednesday: The World Health Care Congress is holding an event in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma



Happening now: Former Labor Department Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder speaks at a Heritage Foundation event on "The Capitalist Comeback." Livestream:

Just announced — 1:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump directs Pentagon to create 'Space Force' | Lawmakers say new branch needs their approval | Senate passes 6B defense policy bill | Pentagon suspends planning for 'war game' with South Korea Pompeo: China's calls for trade openness, globalization 'a joke' A mandate for change in Armenia MORE will address State Department employees. Livestream:

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has a joint press conference with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

7:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump has dinner with supporters at an event at an undisclosed location in Washington. D.C.

2 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinGowdy: House will use 'full arsenal' of constitutional weapons to get DOJ, FBI compliance on subpoenas Bannon says Trump should fire Rosenstein if he doesn’t comply with subpoenas James Comey's higher disloyalty to America MORE speaks at a Newseum event. Details and livestream:



Today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day. It's also National Raisin Day. Finally, two simultaneous food holidays that make sense together!


This is so relatable: Prince William, who just welcomed a new baby into his family, kept nodding off during memorial services at Westminster Abbey.


And to break up your day, here's a dog absolutely annihilating a piece of watermelon. I respect its pace: